8 Superfoods to Grow at Home Posted in: Featured, Food Power – Tags: , , ,

A superfood is a nutritious food that’s beneficial for health, unfortunately though there is a myth many believe, that they come with a price. Here’s our choice of awesome superfoods that can be grown at home.

1. Kale

Kale is fiber-rich and loaded with vitamin A and C which helps keep the skin a healthy glow, it contains antioxidants which restrict damage free radicals can do to the body. Kale is naturally high in magnesium, excellent for energy production.

Kale can be grown spring through to early summer.

8 Superfoods to Grow at Home

2. Mint

Being notorious for its durability, mint is an excellent choice for less advanced gardeners, it doesn’t need much caring for and it’s great for improving digestion. Mint is also known for improving cardiovascular function and breathing problems, as well as it’s ability to cure bad breath!

Mint can be grown indoors in winter or planted in the warmer spring.

3. Sweet potato

The Center for Science in the Public Interest recommends the healthiest choice for people to make when changing their diet, is to swap fatty foods with foods high in complex carbohydrates, the reason they have complex in their name is due to the way the body uses them, energy is used when needed, as opposed to being stored and potentially converted into fat later on.

Being rich in vitamin A, essential for healthy skin, eyesight, growth and reproduction, sweet potato is a great choice to replace rice or chips at meal time. Sweet potato wedges are easy to make and very healthy indeed.

Despite potatoes growing in the winter sweet potatoes prefer a warmer climate to thrive, plant sweet potatoes after spring, when the soil is warm.

8 Superfoods to Grow at Home

4. Beets

Beets may be high in sugar but they purify the blood and contain betaine, a substance used to fight depression, they’re also high in tryptophan which contributes to better sleep and a more relaxed mind. Interestingly, beets are an aphrodisiac, they contain high amounts of boron, which is known to help with production of sexual hormones! With a low caloric density, try adding beets to your eating regimen to feel fuller for longer.

In northern America and Europe, beets generally grow well in the Winter.

5. Blueberries

Despite these little berries being quite expensive in supermarkets they can be grown in your home. With a vitamin rich profile and high in antioxidants blueberries are an excellent superfood. The university of Michigan studied rats to find whether the addition of blueberries had any effect on them. It turns out rats fed blueberries had less abdominal fat, lower blood fat and cholesterol than rats not fed the same.

Maine produces a quarter of all blueberries in North America, optimally from May until Early August.

6. Chia Seeds

Germinating just three weeks after planting chia seeds are a great option to grown at home, the carbohydrates from these little seeds are predominately fiber making them excellent for digestion and energy. For a plant food chia is composed of approximately 14% protein, making it one of the most protein rich. Many athletes incorporate chia seeds into their diet as it helps give them energy while being fulfilling and excellent in muscle recovery. Sprinkle a few onto your cereal and porridge in the morning!

Chia seeds thrive in a dry environment so Summer is the best month to grow them.

7. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are really simple to grow and are a staple in many meals, rich in folic acid these red globes are a smart choice for newer growers. Folic acid can prevent excess homocysteine in the body, which interferes with serotonin and dopamine (the happy chemicals). Studies have shown that diabetics who eat Tomatoes regularly have lower blood sugar due to the excellent source of fiber.

Tomatoes are warm weather plants so it’s best to sow the seeds in March.

8 Superfoods to Grow at Home

8. Garlic

The first human use of garlic dates back over 7000 years, native to central Asia it has many health benefits proven through science. Studies show that garlic can help reduce the likelihood and severity of the common cold! The average length of symptoms decreased by 70%, just a day and a half in comparison to the 5 days in the placebo group. Consuming 2.56 grams of garlic per day reduced the days ill with a cold by 61%. If you do try to grow garlic however, grow some mint too!

Tomatoes are in season throughout Summer, from June to October.

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